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Recap: Sea.Hear.Now Festival 2018

By Will Oliver, October 20th 2018

All photos by Dave Scholten

On the weekend of September 29 & 30, the Sea.Hear.Now.Festival held its inaugural weekend in Asbury Park. The festival was put together by photographer Danny Clinch and Tim Donnelly along with C3 Presents and offers a new festival outside of the city for music-hungry residents in New Jersey. 45,000 strong turned up for the festival, including our very own photographer Dave Scholten. Dave captured photos from select artists performance, along with a recap for each individual set. Find all of his coverage posted below.
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All photos by Qbertplaya

On August 4 the 2nd annual Coney Island Music Festival took place featuring a solid bill of up-and-coming indie rock. The one-day festival was free and was presented by Modern Sky USA and The Alliance for Coney Island across two stages on Stillwell Ave and Coney Art Walls. The festival was headlined by (Sandy) Alex G and featured performances from The Veldt, Shannon Shaw, Future Punx and many more.

Our photographer Qbertplaya (who was also DJ’ing in-between sets at the main stage) was there to capture all the action from perforamnces throughout the day. Find her shots from all the performances posted in the gallery below.
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Recap: Newport Folk Festival 2018 – Day 2

By Will Oliver, August 20th 2018 — with 3 comments

Following Day 1 of Newport Folk Festival it was time for Day 2, which may have been the busiest day of the festival I’ve ever had in my four years of covering it. We caught 15 acts throughout the day, keeping us plenty busy moving across the Fort all day.

Phoebe Bridgers

We started with a soulful performance from Curtis Harding, followed by a chill performance by Bedouine. Things kicked up a few gears with sets from Hiss Golden Messenger and Lukas Nelson (Willie’s son) & Promise Of The Real, and then Nicole Atkins, who hosted a unique performance dubbed “Nicole Atkins Digs Other People’s Music,” which saw her show off the solo music of some of her touring bandmates, who she played alongside. We were next impressed by the guitar work of Sweden’s Daniel Norgren and then were treated to a main stage performance from Valerie June.
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Recap: Newport Folk Festival 2018 – Day 1

By Will Oliver, August 19th 2018 — with 5 comments

The end of July can only mean one thing: a return to the Fort for another year at Newport Folk Festival. It’s always great to return to Newport for this festival, which is truly in a league of its own. You will find nothing but good music and passionate fans and everything else gets left behind. This is probably the only music festival in America where it’s literally all about the music and it makes all the difference in the world.

Day 1 kicked off with a lively set from Fantastic Negrito, followed by Amanda Shires, who also is a part of Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit and just happens to be Isbell’s wife. A firey set from JD McPherson was next, followed by an intimate performance by Erika Wennerstrom of Heartless Bastards at the Museum Stage.
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In May Parquet Courts returned with new album Wide Awake! via Rough Trade Records and it’s unsurprisingly yet another fantastic album from the band who are proving to be one of the most reliable bands of this decade. They took part in this year’s Northside Festival in unique fashion dubbing their three shows over the weekend with the marquee of “Land, Sea, and Air.” The land show was at Public Arts, the sea show was on the Liberty Belle Rocks Off Concert Cruise boat, while the air show took place on Elsewhere’s Rooftop space.
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Recap: Governors Ball 2018 [Day 3]

By Will Oliver, June 19th 2018 — with 1 comment

Eminem

Two days into Governors Ball 2018 and we were only hit with a brief bit of rain during the tail end of Day 2 during The Gaslight Anthem’s headlining performance. Considering how dour the original forecast was, this was a huge surprise and good news for the festival that was so long overdue.

N.E.R.D

We began the day with British rockers The Struts who I have heard so many good things about from fellow photographers. Their style of rock and roll takes from many of the classics but it made for a fun midday set for sure, one that I hope to catch whenever they return back here for a show of their own. I mellowed out a bit following their set with some of the alt-country from the super-talented Margo Price who sounded delightful. From there it was the artrock of Dirty Projectors who sported a very different lineup from their appearance at Governors Ball 2013, somehow the last time I saw them.
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Recap: Governors Ball 2018 [Day 2]

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2018 — with 1 comment

The Gaslight Anthem

Just like how Day 1 of Governors Ball 2018 began in epic fashion with an in your face finale by Slaves, Jay Electronica started of Day 2 with an equally thrilling bang. Beginning his set he found that he didn’t like how far away he was from the crowd and soon jumped into the front row, performing a few tracks there to the astonishing delight of all those in the front rows. Eventually he went even deeper into the crowd, before returning to the stage and inviting a good portion of those in the front row up there with him. This isn’t the sort of thing you normally see at a major festival, which made me applaud the hell out of Jay Electronica. Now, if we could only get that damn album already….
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Recap: Governors Ball 2018 [Day 1]

By Will Oliver, June 18th 2018 — with 2 comments

Yet another Governors Ball is in the books. Naturally, rain threatened to dampen the weekend but the ever-shifting forecast kept changing and thankfully, aside from a few brief late-night showers, the weather held out.

Slaves

I began my entire weekend and Day 1 by catching the tail end of British punk rockers Slaves’ set, who finished off the set and hopped the railing and ran off well past their crowd to go grab a bottle of water at the nearest food stand, all which guitarist Laurie Vincent was bleeding after cutting his hand. That was quite a way to start off not only the day but the entire festival. I kept the good vibes going strong following their performance with a set from the always trippy psych-rock proggers Pond, who has only gotten better and more confident every time that I’ve seen them perform.
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The National Homecoming 2018 Recap – Day 1

By Will Oliver, June 6th 2018 — with 1 comment

The National returned home to Cincinnati with Homecoming, a festival of their own that is quite representative of their career. While its a big next step for a band that increasingly gets bigger on their own terms, they too constructed the festival on their own terms, booking a well-rounded and solid festival lineup at Smale Park featuring many of their peers that provided a more intimate festival experience than your typical summer festival.

Both days of the weekend festival featured two special headlining performances from the band themselves, with night one featuring a unique set that mixed their newest tracks and old fan favorites with a few rare treats and surprises thrown in to mark their return to their roots.
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